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Dr. Mark J. Costello

Mark Costello is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Leigh Marine Laboratory (north-east New Zealand). He is chair of the International Committee of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, and Secretary General of the International Association of Biological Oceanography. Previously he was Executive Director of the The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St Andrews, New Brunswick; Managing Director of Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), a lecturer at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and held post-doctoral fellowships at the Scottish Office Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and Marine Biological Association Plymouth, UK. He studied at the National University of Ireland colleges at Cork (PhD) and Galway (BSc) in his native Ireland.

Mark's current research involves fish communities associated with deep-sea corals (notably Lophelia), and analysis of species inventories to provide insights into phylogeographic and biogeographic patterns of biodiversity. In the past, he has conducted a number of research projects in relation to marine and freshwater biodiversity, notably on amphipod crustaceans and colonization theory, and including threatened species such as estuarine fish, pearl mussels, lampreys and marine species. He has also conducted surveys and assessments of marine biotopes involving the development of standard benthic biotope classifications.

Key Words: biodiversity, fish, freshwater, Amphipoda, habitats

For more information, please email Mark or contact him at the address below.

Post: University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Laboratory, Box 349, Warkworth,
New Zealand.
Telephone +64 9 4226111 ext 83608.
Fax 64 9 4226113.

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